Meet Our People

The Leadership Team

St Mary's is led by a team of lay and ordained people. You can find out a little about them here, including how to get in touch.

Vicar
Canon Simon Butler
32 Vicarage Crescent, SW11 3LD

Simon has been a priest for over twenty-five years and came to St Mary's in 2011. Previously he has been a Vicar in both suburbia and in the inner-city. Prior to ordination he was a Naval Officer. He has been a member of the Church of England's General Synod since 2005 and in current the Chair of the House of Clergy in the Province of Canterbury. He is also an Honorary Canon of Southwark Cathedral and Senior Treasurer of the Clergy Support Trust. His interests include classical music, opera and film. Simon is a Trustee of the Katherine Low Settlement in Battersea and of Battersea United Charities.

Associate Vicar
Rev Aaron Kennedy

Associate Vicar/Pioneer for Community Development and Mission.

Aaron is married to Grace, and before ordination worked in popular music performance as a drummer, as an editor of books, as a coffee shop barista, and as a coordinator of the development of Host Cafe (at St Mary Aldermary in the City), and as its manager. When ordained he served the communities at St Gabriel's in Heaton, and St Nicholas in Gosforth, both in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He was a founder member of Heaton Citizens (a member organisation of Citizens UK), and is passionate about empowering people to become the agents of the change they want to see in their communities; he celebrates the religious, ethnic and cultural diversity of Battersea, and is always on the look out for people of good will who want to serve the common good. Aaron enjoys gardening, walks in the countryside, live music, historical fiction, and watching rugby union.

Director of Music
Katy Silverman

Katy is a professional organist and choral conductor and regularly performs in solo and choral recitals. She also works as a teacher and accompanist in several schools. As an undergraduate, Katy studied Music at Worcester College, Oxford and was the first female organ scholar of the college. She accompanied and directed the chapel choir, featuring on BBC Radio 4's 'Sunday Worship' and performing in various cathedrals including St Paul's, Gloucester and St Alban's.

After graduating, Katy qualified as a secondary school teacher and taught music for several years before deciding to devote more time to the organ. She was the 2015-16 organ scholar at St Mary's before going on to positions at Guildford Cathedral and St Mary's, Putney. Katy graduated with Distinction from the Master of Music in Performance course at the Royal College of Music in 2018 and also holds the Associateship diploma from the Royal College of Organists.

Katy and her husband Matthew live in Battersea with their daughter Lucy.

Church General Manager & PCC Secretary
Harry Panagos

Harry is the first person you are likely to encounter when you contact St Mary's. He joined us in June 2021 from a career in the hospitality industry, managing restaurants in London and Dubai. Prior to that Harry worked as a senior sous chef in London, Dublin and his native South Africa.

People's Warden
Stuart McAlpine

Chris is the People's Church Warden, elected by the Annual Meeting to this ancient office, which goes back to the Middle Ages. The Church Warden's job is to work with the Vicar and the Church Council and to be the key senior lay leader of the church.

Stuart moved to Battersea in early 2015 and began worshipping with us shortly afterwards. He was confirmed at the church in October 2016 and has been on the PCC since 2017. He’ s a practising maritime lawyer, married to Bev (a garden designer) and they have three daughters and one grandson.

He’s Welsh and so singing and rugby are his major passions. He just wishes he was more accomplished at both!

Vicar's Warden
Sheila Boothe

Sheila is the Vicar's Warden. She has lived in Battersea all her life and has been attending St Mary's for the last 30 years. Sheila is a Legal Secretary PA, having worked in the City and currently working for a local Law Firm for over 30 years.

Tower Captain
Bob Cooles

Bob has been at St Mary's since he was a boy and has been a life-long bell-ringer. You can find him in the tower every Monday evening and every Sunday morning and he is always keen to encourage new members to come and try out bell ringing. Bob is a local solicitor.

Our Church & Our Vision

WHAT WE STAND FOR

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